Run For Fun And Wildlife Care In Carnivale’s Douglas Dash

Registrations are open for the Douglas Dash, a popular annual run through a mix of scenic beach and cross-country terrain in the heart of Carnivale country.

The 5km run takes in Four Mile Beach and the Flagstaff Hill walking trail at Port Douglas and attracts both serious sprinters and recreational runners of all ages.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the urban trail event on Saturday, May 21, was scheduled to start at 7am to make the most of the coolest part of the day.

“This is now an anticipated event for serious runners as well as families and junior groups. Times are recorded, there are medals – and bragging rights – on offer and a ‘party in paradise’ to enjoy later on,” Cr Kerr said.

“Times are very competitive and this year we may see someone smash the 20 minute mark. All the records set in the inaugural 2020 event were toppled in 2021.”

The event is professionally run by Dynamic Running, which marshals the start and finish line at Rex Smeal Park.  Entry costs $15 with discounts available for groups and junior runners.

The Douglas Dash is a fundraiser for the Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre (TARC), a local non-profit wildlife care facility for orphaned, injured, sick or displaced native wildlife. 

Organisers are looking for a sponsor to come on board and help with the Douglas Dash, aligning themselves with an event appealing to serious racers, fun runners and give-it-a-go families. 

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